Canada’s Big Birthday

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This year marks the 150th anniversary of Canada. There will be multiple celebrations and events all over the country; for a complete coast-to-coast list of what’s happening, check out Passport 2017.

But before you get your party on, you may want to know what you’re celebrating. Your first stop should be the Canada 150 site. If web reading isn’t your thing, try binge-watching Canada: A People’s History, a 17-episode, award-winning documentary that covers the history of this land, starting 15,000 years ago. It’s available for free on Curio.

If you’d rather be outside this summer, here are some famous Canadian books to dive into. Start with one of our most celebrated writers: Margaret Atwood, whose book A Handmaid’s Tale is this year’s buzzed-about Hulu series.  Another great Canadian writer is Montreal’s own Mordecai Richler; Barney’s Version is considered one of his best. There’s Margaret Laurence, Carol Shields, Anne Munro, Andre Alexis – too many to list, but plenty available at your OC campus library. For the kids, there’s bestseller Robert Munsch, who reads all of his books for free on his website.

Need more? Here’s  CBC’s list of 100 Canadian novels,  this one from the Globe & Mail, or check out OC Library’s guide to Canadian literature.

Need music for your Canada Day party?  Spotify, iTunes, Stingray and most music services have Canadian playlists. CBC Music has Canadian playlists for everything from jazz to classical. If you want to listen to some classics, like Bryan Adams’ Summer of 69, Canadian Living has a playlist for you.

The story of Canada goes far beyond 150 years. We’ll cover more in our next blog post… stay tuned!

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